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The French Revolution: Crash Course World History #29 - YouTube

In which John Green examines the French Revolution, and gets into how and why it differed from the American Revolution. Was it the serial authoritarian regim...
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Catacombs make a comeback as Jerusalem seeks room for the dead

Catacombs make a comeback as Jerusalem seeks room for the dead | SoRo class | Scoop.it
In a city rapidly running out of cemetery space, Jews are looking to a 2,000-year-old solution.
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Why an iron fish can make you stronger - BBC News

Why an iron fish can make you stronger - BBC News | SoRo class | Scoop.it
Could an iron fish, made out of recycled car parts and put into the cooking pot, be a solution to the world's iron deficiency problems?
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15 years of Vladimir Putin: 15 ways he has changed Russia and the world

15 years of Vladimir Putin: 15 ways he has changed Russia and the world | SoRo class | Scoop.it
His critics say he has led his country into an autocratic cul-de-sac, but his fans point to the stability he brought after Yeltsin and way he has stood up to the west
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The complex geometry of Islamic design - Eric Broug

The complex geometry of Islamic design - Eric Broug | SoRo class | Scoop.it
In Islamic culture, geometric design is everywhere: you can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces, and private homes. And despite the remarkable complexity of these designs, they can be created with just a compass to draw circles and a ruler to make lines within them. Eric Broug covers the basics of geometric Islamic design.
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Learned Helplessness - YouTube

Learned helplessness can prevent people from achieving their goals, something I've experienced first hand. Check out Audible: http://bit.ly/AudibleVe More wa...
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Digging In: Land Reclamation and Defenses in the South China Sea

Digging In: Land Reclamation and Defenses in the South China Sea | SoRo class | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Defense’s latest assessment of the Chinese military provided new detail on China’s land reclamation efforts on several of the islets that it occupies in the South China Sea. These include Fiery Cross Reef, Gaven Reef, Johnson South Reef, Mischief Reef, and Subi Reef in the Spratly archipelago. By December 2014, the report estimated that China had reclaimed as much as 500 acres of new land, creating full-fledged islands where only coral reefs or sand spits existed before. Since then, China has only accelerated its efforts, expanding the total land area that it has reclaimed to 2,000 acres and building military facilities, ports, and at least one airstrip on the islands.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 11, 4:18 PM

We've heard in the news recently that China is reclaiming land from the South China see to presumably construct an air strip to strengthen their claims in the region.  China is not alone in this...


Tags: borders, political, conflict, waterChina, East Asia.

Marc Meynardi's curator insight, May 13, 1:49 AM

By doing so, China is not only digging land, but also preparing futur heavy discord. It's so strange : China critisize US hegemony and try to balance it. As result, China is having the same agressive attitude that US Bush era. Of course, not using bombs, but "pacifically" invading south China Sea.

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Vertical villages are changing the concept of neighborhood

Vertical villages are changing the concept of neighborhood | SoRo class | Scoop.it
Multifamily dwellings in high-density areas are changing the concept of neighborhood.

 

Tags: housing, urban, place, neighborhood, spatial, density.


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The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History #24 - YouTube

In which John Green teaches you about one of the least funny subjects in history: slavery. John investigates when and where slavery originated, how it change...
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AP Human Geography Review Material


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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, May 7, 10:42 AM

This is worth your while to look at HUGGERS!

Joy Kinley's curator insight, May 7, 11:34 AM

For those of you needing AP Human Geography review this is a good one.

Michael Martin's curator insight, May 9, 6:36 PM

Hey students:  Check out this Prezi for REVIEW. Yay!

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The European Debt Crisis Visualized - YouTube

Feb. 12 (Bloomberg) -- At the heart of the European debt crisis is the euro, the currency that tied together 18 countries in an intimate manner. So when one ...
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Watch NYC Gentrify Right Before Your Eyes

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New York City has always been changing. But recently, the city has seen a wave of luxury condos and artisanal cupcake boutiques uproot local delis and dive bars.

To make sure we don't forget the city's past, two New York-based photographers, James...

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 28, 2014 10:45 AM

unit 7

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APHG-U7

Molly McComb's curator insight, March 21, 4:16 PM

This shows the gentrification of New York City

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When Will We Run Out Of Names? - YouTube

Vsauce is nominated for a Webby in Science & Education! You can support learning online by voting for Vsauce or any of the FANTASTIC nominees here: http://pv...
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The Chinese Art of the Crowd

After viewing news photographs from China for years, one of my favorite visual themes is "large crowds in formation."
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Before-and-after maps show how freeways transformed America's cities

Before-and-after maps show how freeways transformed America's cities | SoRo class | Scoop.it
Beginning in the 1950s, cities demolished thousands of homes in walkable neighborhoods to make room for freeways.

 

At the time, this was seen as a sign of progress. Not only did planners hope to help people get downtown more quickly, they saw many of the neighborhoods being torn down as blighted and in need of urban renewal.  But tearing down a struggling neighborhood rarely made problems like crime and overcrowding go away. To the contrary, displaced people would move to other neighborhoods, often exacerbating overcrowding problems. Crime rates rose, not fell, in the years after these projects.  By cutting urban neighborhoods in half, planners undermined the blocks on either side of the freeway. The freeways made nearby neighborhoods less walkable. Reduced foot traffic made them less attractive places for stores and restaurants. And that, in turn, made them even less walkable. Those with the means to do so moved to the suburbs, accelerating the neighborhoods' decline.


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UCCE Sonoma County's curator insight, May 20, 11:24 AM

And perhaps the shift to the suburbs started taking prime ag land out of production to grow houses and neighborhoods. 

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yet still the practice continues, especially in Third World nations trying to "catch up" with First World nations ...

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 9:40 AM

unit 7

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National Anthem of France (La Marseillaise, The Song of Marseille) (English subtitles) - YouTube

"La Marseillaise" (English: "The [Song of] Marseille") is the national anthem of France. It was written and composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792...
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The many meanings of Michelangelo's Statue of David - James Earle

The many meanings of Michelangelo's Statue of David - James Earle | SoRo class | Scoop.it
We typically experience
classic works of art in a museum, stripped of their original contexts, but
that serene setting can belie a tumultuous history. Take Michelangelo's statue
of David: devised as a religious symbol, adopted as a political emblem, and
later iconized for its aesthetic beauty. James Earle walks us through the
statue's journey, to show how art gains layers of meaning over time.
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Khan Academy and the Effectiveness of Science Videos - YouTube

My PhD: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/super/theses/PhD(Muller).pdf It is a common view that "if only someone could break this down and explain it clearly en...
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Why Earthquakes Are Devastating Nepal

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The May 12 7.3 magnitude aftershock was one of many that followed the April 25 earthquake that shook Nepal. Why is this part of the world such a hotbed of tectonic activity?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 13, 8:11 AM

This video is in a series by National Geographic designed to show the geography behind the current events--especially geared towards understanding the physical geography.  Check out more videos in the '101 videos' series here.   

 

Tags physicalNational Geographic, tectonics, disasters, video.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 9:44 AM

Summer reading, tectonic plates

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A City For Abandoned Mothers In India

Thousands of widows have been making their way to the holy city of Vrindavan in northern India to spend the rest of their lonely lives. Cast out by their families, or simply alone in the world, some travel hundreds of miles to get there.

 

Tags: gender, India, SouthAsia,  culture.


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Living in the Age of Airplanes

"LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world." airplanesmovie.com


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 1, 12:45 PM

I was absolutely delighted to see this film on the big screen...it was as visually stunning as any film I'd ever seen.  I and my young children were mesmerized.  So much of the modern world that we take for granted is absolutely revolutionary.  This is a great teacher's guide to teaching with this film.


Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic, video, National Geographic, visualization.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 10:41 AM

Summer reading KQ3 What are the major contributing factors to environmental change today?

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Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) - YouTube

Safe, cost-effective refinements in hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), horizontal drilling and other innovations now allow for the production of ...
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Rare Look Inside Antarctic Explorers’ Huts

After 10 years of conservation efforts, the huts that once housed the likes of Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton are ready for a new generation.

 

Tags: Antarctica, National Geographic.


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Story Map Tour

Story Map Tour | SoRo class | Scoop.it
This story map was created with the Esri Map Tour application in ArcGIS Online.
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Massive magma pool found deep below Yellowstone

Massive magma pool found deep below Yellowstone | SoRo class | Scoop.it

"Every day, the supervolcano lurking under Yellowstone National Park belches up 45,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide — much more than could be produced by the known magma chamber that lies just below the surface. They’ve discovered a magma pool containing enough hot rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times, the researchers report online April 23 in Science.

Geophysicist Hsin-Hua Huang of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and colleagues found the missing magma by carefully tracking the seismic waves from nearly 5,000 earthquakes that echoed off the supervolcano’s insides.

While large, the researchers say, the reservoir is only 2 percent melted rock and is too deep to contribute to a supervolcanic eruption akin to the explosion that formed the Yellowstone caldera around 640,000 years ago. The estimated odds of an impending Yellowstone doomsday remain exceedingly slim, the authors assure."


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